Caris LeVert announced his intentions to return to Michigan for his senior season today.
“Over the past few months, I have spent a lot of time thinking about my future,” LeVert said in a statement. “My family and I, along with the coaching staff, gathered as much information as possible. After considering my options, I am excited to announce I will return for my senior year. Coming back allows me to keep working towards my Michigan degree and take the next steps in my development as a player, teammate and a leader of our program. Michigan is a very special place and the college experience only comes once. The future is bright and I am blessed to be part of it.”
LeVert was projected as a fringe first round prospect by many media outlets, but is still recovering from a broken bone in his foot. He was injured on January 17th in the waning seconds of Michigan’s win over Northwestern.
He told reporters at Michigan’s banquet that he had his walking boot removed last week and was hopeful to resume workouts in May.
ESPN’s Chad Ford recently wrote that LeVert should return to school and it seems that LeVert heeded that advice. He recently told reporters that it ‘wouldn’t make sense’ to declare for the draft if he would be a second round pick.
LeVert had some ups and downs as Michigan’s lone go-to player in his junior season, and he struggled to find consistency with his mid-range jumper, but he was one of the most versatile players in the country. Before his injury, he led the Wolverines in almost every statistical category including 14.9 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game.
LeVert’s return means that, as things stand today, Michigan could return its entire roster from last season. Senior forward Max Bielfeldt has been exploring fifth-year graduate transfer options, but has also left the door open to a possible return.